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​Here comes Aviation Blog’s second series of images of the prepping session of five Hungarian Air Force Gripen before their evening flights.

Hungarian_Gripen11.jpgThey cast long shadows in the evening sun

Hungarian_Gripen12.jpgReady to run

Hungarian_Gripen13.jpgThe first two Gripen are already on the runway

Hungarian_gripen14.jpgGripen technical staff start working on another Gripen

Hungarian_Gripen15.jpg Using a flashlight to inspect

Hungarian_Gripen16.jpgAlmost done! Cleaning the windshield

hungarian_gripen17.jpgThe transition between sunset and total darkness of the night

Hungarian_Gripen18.jpgReady to roll!

Read the full story: Októberi nyár - II. rész

Image Courtesy: Aviation Blog

​The Aviation Blog presents the prepping session of five Hungarian Air Force Gripen before their evening flights in images.

The Gripen technical staff members prepare and check the aircraft, fuel them, look for errors and make decisions. Here are some of the images:

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The "sym" car carrier arrives in the J zone of the Kecskemet air base

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Gripen technical staff members carry the missile simulator

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Cartridges ready to be loaded to the aircraft
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Cartridges being secured with the help of a torque wrench
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Pilot fills in documentary forms 
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Kerosene tank wagons for fuel filling
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Connecting the filling tube to Gripen
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Technical staff wraps up the fuelling process
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Signal to start the APU
The Hungarian Air Force reached several milestones this year. The Air Force participated in the RIAT 2014, the JAWTEX 2014 and the Tiger Meet 2014 and was selected as a member in these exercises this year. Hungarian Gripen also played a major role in the air policing of Slovenia.  Next year, Hungary will be responsible for a four month long air policing of the Baltic States.
Read the full story: Októberi nyár – I. rész
Image Courtesy: Aviation Blog​

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“It felt like I was in one of the world’s most modern fighters, perhaps the most modern. I have absolutely no doubt that Brazil has made the right choice. It is impressive how much information the pilot has at his fingertips. It feels like you are at the spearhead, fully equipped to defend your country”, said FAB pilot Major Renato Leal Leite who flew the Swedish fighter aircraft earlier this year.

For a successful mission, having the right information and situation awareness is very important. It is also important that the pilot has the information filtered as per his or her requirement. A Gripen cockpit is an unrivalled mix of simplicity and sophistication.  Its layout has three large colour, Multi-Functional Displays (MFD) and Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS) that give the pilot a superior combat advantage: ‘don’t need, don’t show’.

Gripen pilots can acquire, retrieve, process, share and display tactical information, such as positional data for hostile and friendly units, missile engagement zones, and information from radar warning receivers.

Gripen is fitted with the Tactical Information Data Link System (TIDLS) which enables the pilot to obtain qualitative data from other Gripen, increasing group information and situation awareness and eventually enhancing the capability of force interaction.

Read more about Gripen’s features here.​

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Swedish Air Force Gripen, along with allied fighters from Denmark and Finland were scrambled and sent to intercept seven Russian fighter planes over the Baltic Sea, reports SVD.se.

On 28 October afternoon, NATO radars detected and tracked seven Russian combat aircraft which included MiG-31 Foxhound, Su-34 Fullback, Su-27 Flanker and Su-24 Fencer jets.

The Russian fighter aircraft had notified its flight route to air traffic control authorities and were using transponders, but did not maintain any radio contact with civilian air traffic control.

According to NATO, there has been an increased Russian activity in international airspace in several parts of Europe recently. NATO has conducted over 100 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014 to date, which is about three times more than the number of intercepts conducted in 2013.

Read the full story: Gripenplan gick upp mot sju ryska stridsplan

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Gripen is a truly Network Centric new generation multirole fighter with the world’s most highly developed secure and multifrequency data link. Together with its fully integrated avionic mission system providing full sensor fusion, Gripen offers total situational awareness for the pilot in all roles.

To download the calender, click here.

Photo: Katsuhiko Tokunaga

​Here comes the second part of the series of videos on the technical details of the Hungarian Air Force Gripen aircraft.

The Airshowinfo team visited the Kecskemét Air Base in June this year. A Hungarian Air Force Major answered their queries and explained about the various features of Gripen. The Major talked about tasks performed by the staff at the base, facts about Gripen and the fundamental differences between flying a Gripen and a MiG-29.

The Hungarian Air Force has 12 Gripen C and 2 Gripen D. Sweden and Hungary signed the Gripen lease contract in 2001 which was later amended in 2003. By choosing Gripen, Hungary became the first NATO member state to operate the high performance, multi-role Swedish aircraft.

The fleet of 14 Hungarian Gripen aircraft was deployed in December 2008. The aircraft have been certified to prompt action (QRA) as the unit of airspace defense preparedness of the armed services (unfinished) give NATO the Kecskemet air base.

Check out this video from the Gotland exercise where marine units along with units from the air force and the home guard practiced protection, guarding, escorting and combat. 

Over five days, naval units practised along with units from the Air Force and the Home Guard in and around the island.  

Third and fourth naval squadron corvettes escorted units from Amfibieregementet during a journey from the mainland to the island. This was backed by Gripen fighters from F17. Upon arrival at Visby harbour, they met troops of the 32nd Home Guard battalion that guarded and protected the harbour.

The exercise tested the preparedness of Swedish units for different situations. It is important to conduct exercises, major or minor, as individual units or in conjunction with others to maintain mission preparedness, says a forsvarsmakten report.

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Winning a game of chess is about having the perfect situational awareness; sensing the possible moves of the opponent and making the right decisions. At times the strongest of the opponents can be easily defeated. At other times one finds pawns that are well placed enough to be a threat to kings. 

In chess, one should be ready for the unexpected.

A fighter mission is a lot like a large scale chess game, albeit the missions can be air-to-air, reconnaissance or air-to-ground. To perform, a fighter aircraft needs information, movements and weapons. The Gripen NG fighter is equipped with the latest available technology in these key areas, making it a truly smart fighter system.

Talking about information, Gripen NG is equipped with ES-05, an AESA radar, which is state of the art for new fighters nowadays and IRST, which is a passive sensor. The tactical advantage of a passive sensor is that it will not give your position away. Opponents will have no indication whatsoever that Gripen NG is using its IRST to monitor their activities.

The performance of the fighter allows the aircraft to have the right movement dependent on the situation provided to him from its own sensors or other sensors from other units (land, sea or air).

In addition to the wide range of weapons and stores already in the arsenal, almost any weapon can be integrated to Gripen giving the aircraft very high weapon flexibility. This is partly due to the flexible avionic architecture. 

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Czech Air Force Gripen have passed a certification that qualifies them to officially conduct air surveillance and interception missions over Iceland, reports NATO’s website.

"This tremendous achievement is the result of the efforts by of all of us. More importantly, it is due to the diligent long-term planning we did at our home base at Caslav, "Czech Air Force Detachment Commander, Colonel Martin Nezbeda said.

The ground crew also has an important role in the Iceland mission. During the certification flights, the ground crew got an opportunity to demonstrate its skills in ensuring efficient and safe operation of the aircraft amidst challenging climatic conditions. 

German Air Force Colonel and head of the CAOC Uedem certification team, Thomas Leibinger handed over the certificates to the Czech detachment.

"Welcome to the group of NATO certified nations to execute this important mission of Alliance solidarity here in the north," Leibinger said.

The certification was conducted by NATO's Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) at Uedem, Germany.

Read the full story: Czech Gripen successfully Pass Certification​

Image Courtesy: NATO​

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Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Brazilian Federal Government (Ministry of Defense through the Aeronautics Command, COMAER) covering the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force. The total order value is approximately SEK 39.3 billion. Saab and COMAER have also signed an Industrial Co-operation contract to deliver substantial technology transfer from Saab to Brazilian industry.

On 18 December 2013 Brazil selected the Gripen NG to be its next-generation fighter aircraft, through the F-X2 evaluation programme. Since then all parties have negotiated to finalise a contract. Today’s announcement marks the successful conclusion of that process.

Saab and COMAER have signed a contract for the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft, plus related systems and equipment. The programme comprises 28 single-seat and eight two-seat Gripen NG. The total order value is approximately SEK 39.3 billion.

Saab and COMAER have also signed a contract for industrial co-operation projects, including technology transfer to Brazilian industry, to be performed over approximately ten years.

“We are proud to stand side-by-side with Brazil in this important programme. There is already a long and successful history of industrial co-operation between our two countries, and this historic agreement takes that partnership to a new level”, says Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman of Saab’s Board of Directors.

The contract with COMAER for Gripen NG and the associated Industrial Co-operation contract will come into effect once certain conditions have been fulfilled. These include, among others, the necessary ...

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